Huawei has finally launched its widely anticipated flagship for 2016 in Australia with the advent of the Huawei P9. Announced a couple of months ago, and launched regionally at the beginning of May, the Huawei P9 will arrive in Australia in just under two weeks on 5th July, at a very intelligent price of just $799.

This is a great price for a flagship handset, when you consider that the competition have all released phones over the $1000 mark this year. The Huawei P9 stands up on the specification front, with perhaps the only obvious point of difference being the lack of optical image stabilisation on the camera (but in many cases, it doesn’t let you down). Here’s the full specs, and how it compares with the competition:

 Huawei P9LG G5Samsung Galaxy S7Sony Xperia X Performance
Release dateMarch 2016April 2016March 2016February 2016
Screen size5.2-inch5.3-inch5.1-inch5.0-inch
Screen technologySuper AMOLEDIPS LCDSuper AMOLEDIPS LCD
Resolution1,920 x 1,0802,560 x 1,4402,560 x 1,4401,920 x 1,080
Rear camera12MP16MP (8MP wide angle)12MP23MP
Front camera8MP8MP5MP13MP
ChipsetKirin 955Snapdragon 820Exynos 8890Snapdragon 820
Core config2.5 GHz x 4 + 1.8 GHz x 4Unspecified2.3 GHz x 4 + 1.6 GHz x 42.15 GHz x 2 + 1.6 GHz x 2
  • 3GB
  • 4GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
MicroSDYes, up to 128GBYes, 200GB200GBYes, up to 200GB
Battery3,000 mAh2,800 mAh3,000 mAh2,700 mAh
Battery removableYes
ConnectorUSB CUSB CMicroUSBMicroUSB
Headphone PortYesYesYesYes
Headphone LocationBottomTop
Speaker ConfigurationBottomBottom
Android OSAndroid 6.0Android 6.0Android 6.0Android 6.0.1
Vendor skinEMUI 4.1LG UX 5.0Samsung UIXperia UI
Dimensions145 x 70.9 x 6.95 mm149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7-8.6mm142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7 mm
  • Prestige Gold
  • Titanium Grey
  • Mystic Silver
  • Silver
  • Titan (Black)
  • Gold
  • Pink
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • White
  • Graphite Black

The Huawei P9 will be available through all major telcos (including Optus subsidiary Virgin), as well as outright through DigiDirect, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.

For those looking forward to getting hands-on with the Huawei P9, you won’t have to wait long. Pre-orders open next week on 28th June, with delivery starting the following week on the 5th July.

Once carrier details and offers are known we’ll update you, and our review should be published shortly. In the meantime, check out our first impressions from last month.

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Great pricing!

Adam J

That’s the most level-headed pricing around recently. I’m not up to speed on the Kirin chipset so will have to do some reading.

James Z

very competitive competition here